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  1. Pyrrhus

    How Viruses Cause Autoimmunity

    :monocle: I thought I would start a thread to summarize discussions about the research on how viruses can cause autoimmunity. :monocle: We already have two good discussions about papers which describe the ways in which viral infections, or chronic inflammation, can cause autoimmunity: How...
  2. Gingergrrl

    How pandemics strengthen links between viruses and autoimmunity (journal article from "Nature")

    This is a really interesting article from the Journal "Nature" called, "How pandemics strengthen links between viruses and autoimmunity". Here is the link: https://www.nature.com/articles/d41586-021-01835-w The article is a little bit long but was super interesting (at least to me :nerd:)...
  3. heapsreal

    The role of infections in autoimmune disease

    ABSTRACT Autoimmunity occurs when the immune system recognizes and attacks host tissue. In addition to genetic factors, environmental triggers (in particular viruses, bacteria and other infectious pathogens) are thought to play a major role in the development of autoimmune diseases. In this...